President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on Tuesday on the South Lawn of the White House, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Orlando, Fla., for his campaign kickoff rally.

An appropriate introduction to the "Five Principles" exemplified to date by the erratic Trump regime is the following list:

There are the "14 Points" of President Woodrow Wilson, presented in his Jan. 8, 1918, message to Congress; the Ten Commandments carted down from Mt. Sinai by Moses; the famed Seven Wonders of the World comprising the most remarkable structures of ancient times; and the Six-Day (Middle East) War.

The "Five Principles" of Trump:

* The U.S. Constitution in the hands of an unprincipled political "strongman," with the proclivity to so employ it, is the ideal instrument or pathway by which to ordain and establish a "constitutional dictatorship" -- aided and  abetted by a sycophantic Senate and a supine Supreme Court.

* Would-be Dictator Trump (borrowing from Lord Thomas Babington Maccauley) arrived on the political scene "ready booted and spurred to ride" and corralled millions of compliant Americans "ready saddled and bridled to be ridden."

* A mentally unstable, erratic weak man with strong weapons is volatile, unpredictable and dangerous in the extreme in a jumpy world on nuclear tenterhooks with an itchy finger on a hair trigger.

* Children (of whatever age) should never be allowed to play with matches.

* A pyromaniac should be barred from keeping and bearing a blazing torch in a gunpowder factory.

While campaigning for the presidency, Trump asserted, "I love uneducated people!" which is the perfect lead-in to the words of another would-be dictator:

"All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent of those towards whom it intends to direct itself. ... The great masses of the people ... will more easily fall victims of a big lie than to a small one." -- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf"

State Sen. Ernie Chambers, Omaha

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